Yellow–billed Stork - Birds

Yellow–billed Stork  - map of occurrence

Yellow–billed Stork

Mycteria ibis

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: males approx. 2.3kg (5lbs), females 2kg (4.2lbs)
Wingspan: 1.5-1.65m (5ft - 5ft 6in)
Body lenght: approx. 1m (3ft 4in)
Wild population: 75 000 – 100 000 individuals
Lifespan: max. 20 years
Gestation: 2-3 eggs, incubation after 30 days
Voice: usually silent, claps bill, harsh cries at nest
Identification: plumage mainly pinkish-white with black wings and tail, strong yellow bill
Range: most of Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagaskar
Habitat: salt and freshwater shores on the coast, by the lakes, lagoons, rivers and marshes

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This stork has developed a remarkable adaptation, quickest known muscular reflex, which allows almost all food caught in water. Stork probes into muddy waters with its beak, searching for frogs, fish, insects etc., so its head can be underwater for long periods. Rests in groups on exposed sandbanks. Builds a platform stick nests in tree colonies.

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camera:NIKON D300
lens:Sigma 120-300 mm F2.8 APO EX DG IF HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:550 mm
exposure time:1/400 s
stativ:rýžový stativ / beanbag
location:South Luangwa, Zambia